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Cambridge councilor seeks career pathways for local residents

Cambridge attorney Dennis Benzan was elected to the city council in 2013 on a pledge to help residents find jobs in the city’s booming tech sector. In two short years, Benzan has zeroed in on a set of programs and ...

Roxbury’s first residential tower planned for Dudley Square

The black-led development team seeking to build an office and residential complex in Dudley Square has pulled the wraps off their design, and it’s big. Rising from the limestone façade of the Institution for Savings in Roxbury and its Vicinity, ...

City officials float ideas to tackle youth gun violence

Tragedy struck again in Dorchester last week when 16-year-old Jonathan Dos Santos was shot and killed, allegedly by two teenagers. As the city grapples with the loss of yet another young life, elected officials are trying to come up with ...

Charleston shooting hits close to home

In the week since Dylann Roof’s vicious attack on a black church in South Carolina that left nine people dead, members of the Boston community have come together to respond the carnage and share their views on what it means ...

William Onuha

William U. Onuoha is the newly-appointed Assistant Commissioner/Director of Housing at Boston’s Inspectional Services Department.

Bike repair and coffee shop slated for Upham’s Corner

The long-abandoned comfort station in Uphams Corner – once a stop for early 20th century travelers looking for a place to rest and regroup, but boarded up for the past 40 years – will soon be transformed into a combination ...

Dolezal's subterfuge underscores changing attitudes race, skin tone

Questions about how cosmetic tastes transmuted from ivory to bronze cannot be so easily answered. How then will there be a satisfactory explanation of the decision by Rachel Dolezal to abdicate her European heritage to assume life as an African ...

Cutting red tape: Boston leads the way

U.S. Small Business Administration head Maria Contreras-Sweet came to Boston to announce the “Startup in a Day” initiative, a collaboration with the White House, the SBA and the National League of Cities. In its first phase, participating cities make a ...

City pushes programs for prospective homeowners

On a recent Monday night at the Grove Hall Community Center, about 50 hopeful home-buyers came to hear a presentation about city-sponsored programs that could help them achieve their dream of ownership. Each person had a different story, but they ...

Police brutality fuels growing anger

Reports about police brutality against blacks are now so common that even fervent advocates of aggressive law enforcement are beginning to question police behavior. The once common attitude was to assume that the person victimized by the police had broken ...

Mattapan neighbors find solace in community garden

Last weekend, neighbors in the Woolson Street community garden in Mattapan opened up their doors to the public – and ushered in what they hope to be a new era for a neighborhood with a painful past.

Dominican Republic strips Haitian descendants of citizenship, prepares for deportation

Nearly two years after the high court in the Dominican Republic stripped citizenship from people descended from Haitian migrants, the Dominican government reportedly is preparing to send tens of thousands of its former citizens to Haiti.

Teachers, school officials debate merits of testing

The emotionally-charged issue of standardized testing was the basis of a hearing before the state’s Joint Committee on Education last Thursday, with advocates on both sides of the issue describing it as a matter of civil rights. The collection of ...

Fire Department one of city’s least diverse agencies

With more than 1,600 employees, the Fire Department is the city’s third largest agency. At a time when Boston has become more diverse, the Fire Department has become more white.

Passing in reverse?

If you can see past Rachel Dolezal’s tanned skin, darkened and tightly curled hair and claims of black ancestry and acts of cultural and political appropriation, her status as an erstwhile African American might perhaps be taken as a measure ...